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Report road problems to county

Rainy, wet weather has taken a severe toll on the roads throughout Nevada County, resulting in potholes on both paved and unpaved county roads, pavement failures along the edges of many county roads and slides on Allison Ranch, Pleasant Valley and other county roads.

The county-maintained road system consists of approximately 565 miles, including 410 miles of paved roads and 155 miles of unpaved roads. The Department of Transportation and Sanitation Road Maintenance Division employs 30 men and women to maintain these roads.

The 90 inches of rain and more snow storms than normal are causing road surfaces to fail and all roads to pothole.

According to a media release from the department, the approach to the situation is two-fold. First, crews are responding to road problems with priority being given to hazardous situations. The response is often a short-term fix to a larger problem. For example, they may patch a pothole that in the future will need to be dug out and repaved. Second, the road maintenance and engineering staff are developing a strategy for the coming months to repair damage throughout the system by the beginning of the next rainy season.

Given the amount of damage to the county road system, it will take several months for the staff to make all of the repairs needed.

When residents become aware of a pothole, pavement failure or other road maintenance problem, they should report the situation to the Department either by calling 265-1411 or by using the on-line Service Request System on the County Web site: http://

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